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- DescriptionGermany's 1940 defeat of the Armee de l'air, perhaps the world's preeminent air force at the close of World War I, is commonly attributed to incompetent French leadership. Drawing on primary French sources t previously available to historians, Cain argues that in the 1930s the French Air Force was intellectually and operationally constrained, owing to an insufficient interest in and understanding of aviation by the Army and Navy high commands and the French government. But there was certainly shortage of qualified officers who understood the capabilities of a modern air force in warfare. Through this groundbreaking and invative analysis, Cain brings a measure of balance to European interwar history.
- Author BiographyLt. Col. Anthony Christopher Cain, USAF, was recognized by the Air Education and Training Command as Educator of the Year in 1995. He is a veteran B-52 radar navigator with more than 3,000 flying hours, and he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross while flying twenty-six combat missions during Operation Desert Storm.
- Author(s)Anthony Christopher Cain
- PublisherSmithsonian Books
- Date of Publication17/03/2002
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSmithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight458 g
- Width163 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
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